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Grade: 13

1 GS-13: Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position. Before answering this question, see the qualifications section on this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
Please note that ALL applicants must submit a resume online and complete the entire application process to be considered for this position. Ensure that your resume, which is the basis for determining if you qualify for this position, thoroughly supports your responses to the below job specific assessment questions and that it contains the names, titles, beginning and ending dates of employment (month/year), and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf
2 I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported by my resume. I further understand that my resume must be detailed and highlight my most relevant and significant work experience (to include starting and ending dates of employment for each position held) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. My failure to do so will result in me being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Which of the following financial management techniques have you applied? Answer to this question is required
  • Internal control procedures
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Application and compliance with policies and guidance
  • Disclosure reporting
  • Executive summary
  • Reconciliations
  • Audits
  • Manual disbursing
  • Asset management inventories
  • Respond to audit findings
  • Design, develop, and prepare financial reports
  • None of the above
4 Please identify the following with which you have knowledge or experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Appropriations Law
  • Prompt Payment Act
  • Debt Collection Act (DCIA)
  • Foreign Affairs Manual
  • OMB Circulars
  • Federal Travel Regulations
  • Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Internal controls
  • Financial oversight / compliance
  • Due diligence reviews
  • None of the above
5 Indicate which of the following statutes, regulations, administrative laws, policies, initiatives, or precedents have you applied at work? Answer to this question is required
  • Department of State Authorization Act
  • Equivalent authorization acts for other Federal Departments or agencies
  • The Capital Assets Planning Program. (Exhibit 300s)
  • Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act; Government Management and Reform Act (GMRA)
  • Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA)
  • FISMA
  • President`s Management Agenda
  • Budget and Performance Integration
  • President`s Management Agenda: Improved Financial Performance
  • Government Lines of Business
  • Smith-Mundt Act
  • Clinger-Cohen Act
  • Prompt Pay Act
  • Program specific legislation, such as the Patriot Act
  • Federal Enterprise Architecture
  • Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) / Foreign Affairs Handbook (FAH)
  • Other agency regulations equivalent to the FAM
  • Annual appropriation / authorization/ supplemental acts
  • Decisions of Administrative Law Judges
  • ICASS policies and procedures
  • A-76 and competitive sourcing
  • A-11
  • Comptroller General Rulings / GAO Principles of Appropriation Law
  • Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP)
  • Federal Financial Managers Improvement Act (FFMIA)
  • Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA)
  • Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART)
  • OMB Circular A-123 / Sarbanes-Oxler Act
  • A-133
  • None of the above
6 Please indicate which of the following activities / tasks you have performed as part of your work experience: Answer to this question is required
  • Identifying and resolving complex funding inquiries from automated financial or budgetary systems.
  • Resolving conflicts between program goals, objectives, resource requirements, budgetary policies, objectives, and constraints.
  • Analyzing accounting data from internal and/or external sources to confirm the propriety of charges.
  • Developing indicators to measure program performance.
  • Preparing or recommending annual financial plans to allot funds in support of program objectives.
  • Participating in the negotiation of reimbursement agreements with other public and/or private agencies.
  • Developing recommendations for budgetary adjustments (e.g., reprogramming) to support unanticipated changes in program operations and/or funding.
  • None of the above.
7 Which of the following best reflects your highest level of training and/or experience in managing projects/ programs? Answer to this question is required
  • I have formal education / training in this area. However, I have not yet managed projects/ programs in work situations.
  • I have formal education / training in this area and work experience in managing projects/ programs.
  • I have formal education / training in this area and work experience in establishing program goals, analyzing program strengths and weaknesses, and developing clear performance measures and plans.
  • I have formal education / training in this area and work experience in creating a vision for a program, establishing an agenda for implementing the vision, establishing effective management procedures and constraints identifying challenges to, and opportunities for, the program.
  • I have no formal education/ training in this area but I have work experience in establishing program goals, analyzing program strengths and weaknesses, and developing clear performance measures and plans.
  • I have no formal education/ training in this area but I have work experience in creating a vision for a program, establishing an agenda for implementing the vision, establishing effective management procedures and constraints identifying challenges to, and opportunities for, the program.
  • I have no experience, formal training, or education managing projects/ programs.
8 From the choices below, please choose the statement that BEST describes your experience communicating orally in both formal and informal settings: Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education and/or training on influencing, motivating, or persuading persons or groups. This included using communication skills to approach individuals or groups who are at the same working level or above.
  • I have conducted discussions, with close supervision, in which the purpose was to influence, motivate, or persuade persons or groups. This included using communication skills to approach individuals or groups who are at the same working level or above.
  • I have regularly conducted discussions or participated in work groups as a program representative, in which the purpose was to influence, motivate, or persuade persons or groups. This included using communication skills to approach individuals or groups who are at the same working level or above.
  • I have regularly justified, persuaded, negotiated, or resolved matters involving significant or controversial policy or program issues. This included communicating effectively and harmoniously with a full range of internal and external individuals or groups (e.g., representatives from private industry, the Agency, Department, other Federal agencies).
9 Please indicate which of the following types of activities/ tasks you have performed as part of your work experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Developed financial data to support the negotiation of reimbursable agreements.
  • Estimated the recommended reimbursement levels for services to be provided.
  • Written conditions included in Memorandums of Agreement and Understanding (MOAs/MOUs).
  • Negotiated agreements within the agency.
  • Negotiated agreements between agencies / organizations.
  • Negotiated third party contracts with service providers.
  • Managed services and costs provided under a reimbursable agreement.
  • None of the above
10 Please select the response that best describes your knowledge of the Congressional budget process: Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, formal education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have formal education or training in the various tasks in the Congressional budget process but have not applied this knowledge on the job.
  • I have experience in preparing budget requests and justifications for an office and presented justifications to management.
  • I have experience formulating and consolidating Congressional budget justifications, consulting with the management officials and staff members to ensure that strategic goals, program activities, performance indicators are properly reflected in the budget justification.
  • I have planned, directed and administered the formulation and submission of Congressional budgets, preparation of materials in support of Congressional testimony on the budget, participated in budget briefings to the Office of Management and Budget and Congressional staff, prepared formal responses to appropriator`s questions.
11 From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied? Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitate the amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed to meet an objective.
  • Interact effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  • Provide direction, guidance, or instruction to staff.
  • Persuade and/or inspire others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques to improve operations.
  • Diffuse confrontational situations with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  • Develop trusting, productive working relationships with subordinates, colleagues, and supervisors to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Work cooperatively with others as a team to achieve a project or program goal.
  • Identify common interests.
  • None of the above.
12 Please select the response that best describes your highest level of knowledge of computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, education, or training with computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning.
  • I have completed formal education or training in computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  • I have used computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have used computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • Using computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed this task routinely and independently.
  • I have trained others in using computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning and (or) others have consulted me as an expert.
13 Please select from the list below situations in which you have interpreted complex legislation and regulatory policy guidance. Answer to this question is required
  • To manage programs
  • To implement programs
  • To make recommendations to improve programs / operations
  • To decide on continuation or termination of programs
  • To make recommendations to senior agency officials
  • To negotiate program direction and completion alternatives
  • To identify problems or vulnerabilities in a program
  • To develop new policies or procedures for the agency
  • To formulate policy to support executive direction (e.g. policy manuals, guides, training materials)
  • None of the above
14 From the following list, select the software applications or systems in which you are proficient: Answer to this question is required
  • Word Processing (e.g., Word)
  • Spreadsheet applications (e.g., Excel)
  • Presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint)
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Financial management applications or systems
  • Travel management applications or systems (e.g., Travel Manager, FedTrip)
  • Microsoft Access
  • Internet Browsers
  • Statistical or quantitative analysis tools
  • Web-based programs
  • Program management tools
  • Database management
  • Desktop publishing software
  • None of the above
15 Please select the response that best describes your level of experience in applying financial management theories and principles. Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have experience, education, or training applying financial management theories and principles.
  • I have completed formal education or training in financial management theories and principles, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have applied financial management theories and principles on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have applied financial management theories and principles as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • Applying financial management theories and principles has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed this task routinely and independently.
  • I have trained others in applying financial management theories and principles and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
16 From the list below, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have experience communicating orally or making oral presentations. Answer to this question is required
  • Senior officials
  • Colleagues
  • Academia
  • Government organizations
  • Private industry
  • General public
  • Technical experts
  • Professional organizations
  • Inter-agency meetings
  • Civic Organizations
  • None of the above
17 I have experience with the following: Answer to this question is required
  • Spreadsheet program
  • Spreadsheets including macros
  • Spreadsheets including pivot tables
  • Spreadsheets including the function tools
  • Database software
  • Statistical programs such as Mathematica or SAS
  • Developing criteria / designing a form to gather information
  • Writing survey/study questions
  • Designing a survey/study
  • Developing queries in databases
  • Designing a database
  • Using modeling to answer a question
  • Regional Financial Management System (RFMS)
  • Reuters Dealing
  • None of the above

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